Headliners (UK) is a UK charity supporting children and young people to have a voice. Through our unique multi-media programmes, young people produce podcasts, films and photography portfolios to share stories about issues that concern them and campaign for change in their communities.

Headliners (UK) Board

Headliners (UK) is governed by a Board of Trustees that bring a range of experience, knowledge and skills to support the charity to meet its charitable objectives. The Board consists of independent individuals with a range of skills and competencies across key sectors including journalism, public sector and communications which enables Headliners (UK) to operate as an effective charity and a Limited company.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the charity and ensuring it meets its charitable objectives for  public benefit. To learn more about the members of our Board of Trustees, please click here

An annual effectiveness review of Board members is undertaken to ensure that the Board is made up of individuals with the right balance of skills and experience to meet the needs of the organisation.

There is an independent level of expertise on the Board and ensuring there is a balance of skills to meet the needs of the organisation.

The Board skills currently includes journalism, education, media, public engagement, marketing and communications and youth development experience

Headliners (UK) Articles of Association

Headliners (UK) is governed by our Articles of Association which can be downloaded here:

Headliners (UK) Annual Trustees Report and Accounts 

  • 2021 - 2022 Headliners (UK) Annual Trustees Report and Accounts can be downloaded here
  • 2020 - 2021 Headliners (UK) Annual Trustees Report and Accounts can be downloaded here
  • 2019 - 2020 Headliners (UK) Annual Trustees Report and Accounts can be downloaded here
  • 2018 - 2019 Headliners (UK)  Annual Trustees Report and Accounts can be downloaded here

Headliners (UK) Strategy

Headliners (UK) currently has a three year strategy which is focused on enabling young people to have a voice.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where young people's voices are heard, where they believe in themselves, are empowered and able to make positive choices and changes for themselves and for others.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a platform for young people to share their voices, positively challenge the world around them, build their self-confidence and promote young people's right to be heard as equals.

Our Cornerstones

All young people:

  • have voices and views that are respected and listened to
  • are talented, creative and deserve to be nurtured and supported to create a positive future
  • deserve equal access to inclusive opportunities and the resources they require to fulfil their potential
  • matter and our role is to provide support and opportunities for them to identify and develop their own strengths
  • should feel safe, have a safe space and be supported without judgement

Operating Principles:

We strive to act in line with our principles:

  • Consult, empower and involve young people in decision making and day to day activities.
  • Create a safe space for young people.
  • Build positive relationships between our workforce and young people.
  • Have a youth-centred approach and begin our support where the young person is at in their lives.
  • Use inclusive multi-media, journalism and story-telling practical skills-based activities
  • Each young person is empowered to create their own content for each project or activity
  • Promote social mixing, cohesion and opportunities for young people to make friends
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of our charity’s resources
  • Ensure consistent management, leadership and good governance principles are adopted across all elements of the charity’s operations.

Headliners (UK) Values

 Respectful: To respect yourself and others at all times and treat others with dignity.

  • Inclusive: To support accessibility and inclusivity for all whilst amplifying the voices of young people
  • Understanding: To have strong and trusting relationships between young people, members, partners & supporters based on open and honest communication.
  • Caring: Show care and consideration to everyone
  • Integrity: To act with integrity, honesty and sincerity at all times.
  • Safety: To ensures safety, confidentiality and safeguarding at all times for young people and our activities

Our Strategic Objectives for 2022-2025

Headliners (UK) has taken onboard the wide scope of discussions and youth consultations to shape our strategy around three key themes and these have become our pillars for our 2022-2025 strategic objectives. A copy of our full strategy can be downloaded here

Headliners (UK) strategic objectives for the next three years are:


Strategic Objectives 2022-2025

Headliners Youth Voices: We will do this by enabling young people to have an inclusive platform to amplify their voice supported our charity that is the best we can be through effective governance, leadership and youth engagement to empower youth voices.

Headliners Youth Opportunities: We will do this by developing our partnerships and alliances to amplify youth voices to create opportunities for young people to enhance their future life chances by making positive choices and access inclusive opportunities.

Headliners Reaching Out: We will do this by strengthening young people’s voices, empowering them to positively challenge the world around them supported by sustainable resources and income in the charity to achieve our vision and mission.

Headliners (UK) Governance  – Board and Sub Committee Operations.

The charity’s Board of Trustees meets every three months with the Sub Committees operating in between Main Board meetings.

The charity currently operates the following Sub committees one Finance Sub Committee that supports the main Board in the financial management of the charity:

  • Finance, Fundraising and Communications Sub Committee
  • Delivery and Operations Sub Committee